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Interesting Information: Eating The Whole Farm”

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Interesting Information:  October 26, 2014

Eating The Whole Farm


John’s “TUFTS” magazine came in the mail on Friday.

The cover drew my eye as I brought it inside:  a pink plate with a pig’s head and tail drawn on each side, with a fork and knife draped over the plate.

Helene Ragovin’s article, “Enlightened Palate,” (“Tufts,” Fall 2014) discusses chef Dan Barber’s attempts to get people to eat so that balance can be restored to food production.  To achieve that needed balance, people have been encouraged to eat “nose to tail” in order to utilize ALL parts of an animal.  People today, for instance, don’t really eat organs much.  Or take the time to…roast a roast.  Or take the time to…slow braise a pot roast.

Chef Dan Barber co-owns Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, in Westchester County, New York. The latter includes an agricultural nonprofit that surrounds the restaurant.

Barber’s “Eating the Whole Farm” mantra ups the ante on eating and tries to take into account what it takes to produce a crop everyone likes.

Here’s a quote from Ragovin’s article:

So, Barber says, if you want those peak-of-summer Brandywine tomatoes–a water-hogging crop that depletes the soil–you also need to cook with kidney beans, millet, and mustard greens.  Those less glamorous crops build soil structure, replenish nitrogen, and keep plant diseases at bay.  But because not enough people buy them, farers either sell such crops for animal feed, at a loss, or don’t even grow them.  “That’s very dangerous from an ecological point of view, and economically from the farmer’s point of view,” Barber says.

I would add that we should all be eating seasonally and eating a lot of different things.  We are…omnivores.  Too many of us eat the same old things week in and week out.

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October 26, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Blog Readers’ Quilts

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Blog Readers’ Quilts:  October 26, 2014

Linda Satkowski’s Selvedge Quilt


Linda Satkowski is, also, a fellow Coastal Quilter here in Maine.

Like me, she loves to piece.

When I posted recently about finishing my quilt using selvedge edges, she wrote me that she, too, had a selvedge quilt.

She sent me this picture:

Sevedge quilt 2011

Oh my goodness!!  How cool is that!

So, of course I had to go see it (and her)!

Here are the pics I took of this amazing quilt–which is soft as butter, by the way, and has been washed too.  Here it is doubled on a couch–so it’s a great lap size.


The blocks look to be about…???…7 inches?  Linda used a muslin backing–which has not made the quilt heavy at all.  Note that she has used some blank selvedges as well as those with writing or colored dots.


And another:


She used a bright blue for the backing and binding, which works well:



Linda tears about 1/4 inch off the main selvedge.  (I’ve been tearing up to two inches in order to have at least 1 1/2-inches of fabric for strips if I don’t use the selvedge.

So, a project like this would really lend itself to Bonnie Hunter’s leader/ender projects–where you add to blocks while sewing on another project so you don’t have to cut thread.